In this post, I’ll show you how to paint Emelda Braskov from Warhammer Quest Cursed City in 22 easy to follow steps. You’ll learn how I paint pallid flesh, white wolf fur, warm golds and more. Find out how in this tutorial.


This tutorial assumes you have a good understanding of how to paint Warhammer miniatures. With each picture is the corresponding instruction. Each step shows the Citadel paint(s) I used. You’ll find a list of all the paints used in this tutorial at the end of the post.

How to paint Emelda Braskov

Undercoat your model with Black undercoat spray. 

Paint the inside of the loin cloth and the entire cape with Kantor Blue completely.
Paint thick highlights on the gloves, trousers, boots and collar with Kantor Blue leaving some of the black showing through,

Paint the loin cloth and cape with Caledor Sky leaving Kantor blue showing through in the recesses. 

Highlight the edges of the inside of the loin cloth and all of the cape with Hoeth Blue. Highlight the gloves, trousers, boots and collar with thin lines of Hoeth Blue. 

Paint the armour and sword blade with a couple of coats of Ironbreaker. A touch of Lahmian Medium will help smooth out the metallics paints.

Paint the ribbon, sword handle and dagger handle with Mephiston Red. 

Paint the Eagle Feathers and leg pouch completely with Dryad Bark.

Wash the entire miniature with a 50:50 mix of Basilicanum Grey and Lahmian Medium. Repeat this process to increase the intensity of the shading in just the deepest recesses.

Edge highlight the feathers and leg pouch with Baneblade Brown. 

Paint the belt buckle, sword/dagger hilts and pommels and shoulder ornaments gold with Liberator Gold. 

Wash the gold parts with Aggaros Dunes Contrast paints. 

Edge highlight the gold, armour and blade with Runefang Steel. 

Paint her loincloth, head, hair, beak, eagle eye and around the eagle eye with watered down Corax White. Do this carefully, try not to get white anywhere else.

Wash the loincloth with Apothecary White.

Paint the head, hair, beak, eagle eye and around the eagle eye with Wraithbone. 

Mix Cadian Fleshtone with Contrast medium (1:1 ratio) on a paint palette and then paint it over all the skin areas. If it starts to pool in one area, wick it away with a spare brush.  The paint should leave the raised areas nice and light.

Mix a tiny amount of Lahmian Medium with Guilliman Flesh and apply this sparingly around the eyes, nose, mouth and ear for definition. 

Mix 50:50 Contrast Medium with Zamesi Desert and paint this over the hair and beak. You can also use this to paint some thin edge highlights to the red ribbon. Use this to paint the eagle eye. 


Edge highlight the hair with Wraithbone. 

Create a mix of 50:50 of Basilicanum Grey and Lahmian Medium and use it to line the eagle eye and beak and shade the tip of the beak with it building up the layers after each one dries. Paint Emelda’s mouth slit and eyes with thin lines.

Highlight the loincloth with White Scar. Dot the eyes leaving a black pupil in the middle. Dot the eagle eye. 


Using 2/0 or smaller brush define the outline of the face, ear and roots of the hair with some very thin lines of Fyreslayer Flesh.

To paint the base I painted the rubble Sons of Horus Green, washed with Agrax Earthshade, drybrushed Dawnstone and edge highlighted Celestra Grey. The sand is painted with Dryad Bark, drybrushed with Steel Legion and then final drybrushed with Karak Stone.


Paints you will need for this tutorial:

  • Black undercoat spray 
  • Kantor Blue (base)
  • Caledor Sky (layer)
  • Hoeth Blue (layer)
  • Ironbreaker (layer)
  • Mephiston Red (base)
  • Dryad Bark (base)
  • Basilicanum Grey (contrast
  • Lahmian Medium (technical)
  • Baneblade Brown (layer)
  • Liberator Gold (layer)
  • Aggaros Dunes (contrast) 
  • Runefang Steel (layer)
  • Corax White (base)
  • Apothecary White (contrast)
  • Wraithbone (base)
  • Cadian Fleshtone (layer)
  • Contrast Medium (technical)
  • Guilliman Flesh (contrast)
  • Zamesi Desert (layer)
  • Basilicanum Grey (contrast)
  • Pallid Wych Flesh (layer)
  • Fyreslayer Flesh (contrast)

Paints you’ll need for the base:

  • Sons of Horus Green (layer)
  • Agrax Earthshade (shade)
  • Dawnstone (layer)
  • Celestra Grey (base)
  • Dryad Bark (base)
  • Steel Legion Drab (base)
  • Karak Stone Layer

If you need to expand your paint collection to follow the tutorial, check out our partner stores Wayland Games and Element Games, which offer an amazing range of paints at a discount.

Check out my previous tutorials on How to Paint Corpse Rats and Bat Swarms, Ulfenwatch Skeletons, Deadwalker Zombies, Kosargi Night Guard, Vargskyr, Vyrkos Blood-born, Gorslav the Gravekeeper, Torgillius the Chamberlain and Radukar the Wolf. Want to learn more about painting Warhammer Quest Cursed City models, stay tuned for more tutorials, in the mean time you can check out my review of Warhammer Quest Cursed City.

Hope you enjoyed this tutorial. If so, leave a comment or reaction below, and if you got any questions, leave them here so I can answer them for you.

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